Don't be surprised if you see a police constable addressing a wedding reception and educating guests about the menace of chain-snatching.
The Sion police have started an initiative, wherein, a uniformed constable will attend weddings taking place in Sion and address all those gathered through a public address system.
Taking a serious view of rising chain-snatching incidents in their jurisdiction, the Sion police have called a meeting of all marriage hall owners in the area.
The Sion police will be listing out various measures need to be taken by the hall owners to help police reduce chain-snatching incidents.
According to the Sion police, chain-snatchers prefer areas around marriage halls to strike as women wear more jewellery for such functions.
The police will now depute beat marshals who will visit marriage halls during the function and alert the people through public address system about chain-snatchers, and will request them to take extra care while attending weddings.
"Our beat constables will visit wedding halls and educate guests about precautions to be taken using loudspeakers," inspector Dattaram Girap from Sion police station said.
Apart from using loudspeakers, the Sion police have asked the marriage hall owners not to allow parking outside the hall. And, also, alert the police station if there is any VIP expected to attend the function.
"One thing that has been made mandatory for the hall owners is to install CCTVs as most of the time thieves enter marriage hall and target the bag which has jewellery of the bride and also operate in the vicinity of the marriage hall to target unsuspecting women who wear valuable ornaments for weddings," Girap said, adding "we expect to reduce the crime with people participation and we are hopeful that it will show good results."